Quick and Easy Crochet Stitches – How to crochet Lemon Peel Stitch

The Crochet Lemon Peel Stitch is also known as Soft Moss Stitch.  It is an easy, textured and reversable crochet stitch.

At a glance, the stitch creates the illusion of a tiny bobble, but you'll be surprised to see what it is made of.

The pattern is a combination of single and double crochet stitches only (US terms). I've found the stitch to be very relaxing to crochet and I also don't need to concentrate that much doing so. (which makes it a fun stitch to do anyway!)

I used this crochet stitch pattern to create the 5-Shades of Grey Crochet Blanket - scroll down for the link.

How to crochet lemon peel stitch (or soft moss stitch)


  • Yarn of your choice - I used double knitting weight/light or light worsted yarn
  • Hook size for your yarn choice - hook used for this project - 4mm,  G/6 (US) 8 (UK)

Skill level:  Beginner with basic crochet skills

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ch        – chain

dc        - double crochet

hdc      - half double crochet

sc         - single crochet

sts        - stitches


Not available as yarn, hook and tension may differ.


Ch1 at every end of the row, does not count as a stitch.

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pattern of the CROCHET lemon peel stitch

The pattern is in US terms.

The pattern:

Start with any amount of chains required to achieve the size of your project.

In the sample, I started with 200 chains.

1st row:  ch1, sc in second chain from the hook, dc in next stitch, repeat the alternating sc and dc sts, to the end, ch1 and turn;

2nd row:  continue alternating the sc and dc sts.  Always work a single crochet stitch into a double crochet stitch and a double crochet into a single crochet stitch.

Since I ended my first row with a dc, my second row starts with a sc, dc in next st (a sc in the first row), *alternate sc, dc to end, ch1 and turn.

In you've started with an even number of chains, your work will always end with a dc and start the next row with a sc. An uneven number of stitches will result in one row beginning with a sc and the next row with dc.

Continue in this 2-row pattern until your work is the required length. 

I'm confident that this stitch will become one of your go-to sources!

variation on THE LEMON PEEL STITCH pattern

My pattern is very informal but some of you may not like the uncertainty of a go-with-the-flow kind of approach.

For you, I include a formal version:

Chain multiples of 2 + 1

Foundation row:  sc in 3rd ch from the hook, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * to last 2 chains, dc in next st and ending with a hdc in the last ch, turn;

1st row:  ch2 (counts as a hdc throughout), skip the first hdc, *sc in next dc (of previous row), dc in next sc (of previous row), repeat from * to last st, hdc in top of ch-2, turn.

Repeat 1st row until your work is the required length.

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more about easy combination crochet stitches:

The following crochet stitch patterns are similar to the Lemon Peel stitch, in that all of the patterns use a combination of dc and sc's throughout:

Where to use the lemon peel stitch
  • Dishcloths/Washcloths
  • Blanket/Throws
  • Scarves
  • Bags or pouches
  • Wearables

Well done - you mastered another crochet stitch!

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